Rep. Peterson's Newsletter 10/20/2017

Oct 24, 2017 Issues: Education, Health

Dear Friends,

With the House of Representatives in a district work period this week, I was able to spend some time visiting communities throughout the Seventh. I participated in Governor Dayton’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Marshall and joined Senator Amy Klobuchar for a roundtable on current issues facing Congress in Moorhead. I always value opportunities to sit down with Minnesotans and discuss how we can work together to build stronger communities.


Congressman Collin C. Peterson
Minnesota 7th District

Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener

Photo credit: Gwen Sturrock

This past week, I attended Governor Dayton’s Annual Pheasant Opener. Getting out and hunting with friends and colleagues is always a great time. This year provided an excellent opportunity to showcase the importance of habitat conservation as we begin working to pass the next Farm Bill.

In the photo above, third grader Alex in the Cub Scout uniform and fifth grader Augie are holding a photo of the same trio taken at the 2012 Pheasant Opener in Marshall. 

Farm Bill Roundtable

I participated in a Farm Bill Roundtable with Senator Amy Klobuchar and representatives from a number of Minnesota agriculture groups including Minnesota Farmers Union, Minnesota Corn Growers, Minnesota AgriGrowth, Minnesota Cattlemen, Minnesota Agri-Women, Minnesota Milk Producers, Crystal Sugar, Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association, and Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative. We talked about the upcoming farm bill and other issues of importance, such as immigration, health care, and the Renewable Fuel Standard.

MAELC Agricultural Education Listening Session

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) was established in 1997 and is comprised of legislators, government officials, as well as agribusiness and community organization representatives. The Council periodically examines its role and goal for agricultural education. This occurs in many different levels such as general agricultural literacy, school based education, post-secondary, teacher preparation, and farm business management.  The Council hosted several listening sessions this week, each an important discussion about the future of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education.

Caribou Coffee Shop

The Caribou Coffee Store at the University of Minnesota-Crookston was doing their part in keeping the sugar beet truck drivers eyes open by providing an extra shot of expresso for 25 cents. This Caribou employee was also a beet driver and student. Our sugar beet producers and transporters are an important part of the 7th District economy, and I’m happy to see local businesses supporting them.

Legislative Update

Combatting the Opioid Epidemic

In April 2016, the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015 was signed into law after passing unanimously in both the House and the Senate. Originally marketed as a non-controversial bipartisan bill, Members were led to believe that it would help secure pain medications for patients and make small technical changes. However, it now appears that the true goal of the bill was to tie the hands of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Justice Department by limiting their authority to stop suspicious and potentially dangerous opioid shipments. For that reason, I have decided to co-sponsor the bipartisan RESTORE Act (H.R. 4079) to fully repeal the Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2015. The opioid epidemic needs our immediate attention, and I am committed to ensuring that the DEA and Department of Justice are equipped to fight it.  


National Forest Products Week

This week is National Forest Products Week. As Co-Chairman of the Congressional Working Forests Caucus, I know how vital forestry is to the economy and the success of rural communities.

This Week in American History

On October 16, 1898, William O. Douglas was born in the 7th District in Maine Township. Douglas served as a Supreme Court Justice for more than 36 years, which is the longest in the history of the Court. Douglas holds a number of records as a Supreme Court Justice, including the most opinions.

Spotted in the Seventh

Can YOU guess what was Spotted in the Seventh? Each week, the newsletter will feature a landmark or site somewhere in Western Minnesota. The first person to name the location wins! The location of the photo as well as the winner will be revealed in the next newsletter.

This week’s landmark is the boyhood home of one of Minnesota’s most famous authors…

Congratulations to Shirley Evans of Kerkhoven, who was the first to correctly identify our last location as The Soo Pass Ranch, home of WE Fest, outside of Detroit Lakes!

Share your guess on our website –

Laura Jarveis (PRINSBURG)